A Century of Chinese Classic Movies: Shower (1 DVD)

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Author: Zhang Yimou;
Language: Chinese (with English subtitle)
Format: 1 DVD
Publication Date: 09/1999
ISBN: 16548746493
Publisher: Beijing TV Art Center Audiovisual Press
Soundtrack: Chinese
Subtitles: Chinese / English
Length: 89 minutes
NTSC / All Region / DVD5 / MPEG-2 

Shower (Chinese: 洗澡; pinyin: Xǐ zǎo) is a 1999 Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Zhang Yang and starring Zhu Xu, Pu Cunxin and Jiang Wu. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 14 September 1999 and won the FIPRESCI Prize. Though only the second directorial work by Zhang and the third production of Imar Film, Shower was selected for numerous film festivals, including San Sebastian Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival, where it received many awards.

Written by Zhang and a team of young scriptwriters, the film revolves around a family-run bathhouse in Beijing. An aged father and his younger, mentally challenged son have been working hard every day to keep the bathhouse running for a motley group of regular customers. When his elder son, who left years ago to seek his fortune in the southern city of Shenzhen, abruptly returns one day, it once again puts under stress the long-broken father-son ties. Presented as a light-hearted comedy, Shower explores the value of family, friendship, and tradition.
A Century of Chinese Classic Movies: Shower (1 DVD)